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St. Bridget’s Parish Location: St. Francis, SD Sunday Mass: 9:00 AM Pastor: Fr. John Hatcher, S.J. St. Francis Mission Phone: 605.747.2361 Parish Administrator: Mr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J. Assistant Pastor: Fr. Jim Michalski, S.J. Saint Charles Mass Sunday: 11:30 AM Saint Thomas the Apostle Masses Sunday: 9:00 AM Saint Bridget’s Rosary Sunday: 6:00 PM

Reconciliation: Sundays, 20 min prior to Mass Daily Mass This Week Tuesday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget Wednesday: 12:00 PM, St. Charles Thursday: 12:00 PM, St. Bridget

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<><><><><><><><><><><><><><February 16, 2014<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Welcome to the celebration of the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time!

Engaging the Word 1st Reading: Sirach 15:15-20 ~ 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6 -10 ~ Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37

Today’s readings focus on God’s commandments. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus has harsh words for those who would disobey the laws of God or teach others to disregard them. Unfortunately, today we frequently hear complaints about Catholic “rules” being too strict. After reading Jesus’ words about non-violence, sexual purity, and truthfulness in the Gospel of Matthew, there can be no doubt that he calls his followers to a very high standard of life. But we must remember why Jesus and his Church call us to follow such demanding rules. Today’s psalm repeats the words: “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord.” And the first reading from the book of Sirach promises that following the path laid out by the commandments will lead us to salvation and life. God has given us free will, but he does not try to trick us. He wants us to live rightly; doing so is not always easy, but it will make us better people. When we follow God’s law, we make his love more present in the world. If we remember that God’s commandments come out of his love, we will be less likely to complain. Like the psalmist we will find joy in keeping God’s law with all our heart.

First Communion and First Reconciliation Classes The Second Vatican Council taught that the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of the Catholic faith. Do you know a child who wants to receive their First Communion? Let them know about our upcoming First Communion and First Reconciliation classes. These classes will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7PM in the CYO building in Rosebud for 8 weeks, beginning on March 18th. They are open to all baptized Catholic children in 3rd grade or higher. Parents are required to attend.

“Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’”


St. Marie Bernadette Soubirous St. Marie Bernadette Soubirous was born on January 7th 1844 in Lourdes, France. Bernadette is most known for receiving visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Growing up she suffered from severe asthma and lived in abject poverty. As a child she had eighteen visions of the Virgin Mary that slowly attracted the attention of many people. The Church investigated and found her visions to be sincere. The visions happened in a cave that eventually became a spring capable of healing. She also received a vision that a church should be built there. Bernadette’s visions of Mary became known as Our Lady of Lourdes and the cave became a very popular pilgrimage site. As for Bernadette, wanting to escape attention, she joined the Sisters of Charity at Nevers in 1866 at the age of 22. She suffered from an incurable illness and harsh treatment from some of the sisters there. She died at the age of 35 on April 16th, 1879.

Congratulations to George and Arlene Gunhammer who celebrated the sacrament of marriage at St. Bridget's Church on February 14! Grief Support Group The Grief and Healing Group will meet after the 9:00 Mass at St. Bridget's on Sunday March 2 and Sunday March 23.

2014 Annual Diocesan Men’s Retreat - SPIRITUAL FATHERHOOD OF ST. JOSEPH, the Model and Example for All Fathers, March 28-29, 2014 directed by Bishop Robert Gruss at Terra Sancta Retreat Center, Rapid City. The call to spiritual fatherhood is at the heart of every Christian man. Men who find their true identity and vocation in Christ will naturally be that spiritual leader in spite of its many challenges. This retreat will look at the spiritual fatherhood of St. Joseph as our example and model. Come and let St. Joseph be your teacher! Registration deadline: Monday, March 17th. For more information, contact Jill at Family Life Ministries, 716-5214 x 236 orjslegner@diorc.org

Sapa Un Catholic Academy Registration forms are available for next year’s Sapa Un Academy class. We’ll be admitting a new third grade class and will have a few open spots in fourth grade.

MARDI GRAS DANCE Friday, February 28th 7:30 PM until 11:00 PM Digmann Hall.

Announcements DIGMANN HALL Digmann Hall will be closed during January and February for minor repairs. VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR For the Diocese of Rapid City is Barbara Scherr. She can be reached at 605-209-3418. PRIZE BINGO Saturday March 1, 4:00-7:00 PM, St. Bridget's Church, Rosebud.

Next Sunday’s Readings 1st Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48


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